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Valley in Brief: Vail Christian High School launches STEM lab design contest

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Vail Christian High School is inviting all local 7th and 8th grade students to enter a contest to help them design their new STEM lab. The VCHS STEM lab opens in August with the new school year.

EDWARDS — Local middle-schoolers are being invited to enter Vail Christian High School's STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lab design competition.

Vail Christian is adding programs in computer science, engineering and biomedicine in a state-of-the-art STEM lab at the school, being opened for next school year. As part of the program, students will move beyond the classroom and into a laboratory filled with cutting-edge equipment that will allow them to create, tinker and prototype ideas, said school headmaster Steve O'Neill.

"Now (Vail Christian High School) would like to see what type of STEM labs Vail Valley middle school students can create," O'Neill said.

Local seventh- and eighth-graders are being asked form teams of one to four students and submit their designs to the Vail Christian High School staff. The STEM lab designs must include a list of room equipment, space for 16 students, room colors, layout and a creative name. Proposals can be submitted in any visual format, including photos, 3-D sketch-ups and drawings.

Every participant will receive a Vail Christian High School T-shirt, and the top three designs will be awarded cash prizes: $200 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third.

To enter

What: Vail Christian High School STEM lab design contest.

Who: Any Vail Valley seventh- and eighth-graders.

More information: For information, email stemlab@vchsweb.org. Completed designs can be emailed to the VCHS science department or dropped off at the VCHS front desk. Entries will be evaluated by members of the VCHS staff, and winners will be notified Friday, May 26.